60 days in Ecuador Itinerary

60 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ecuador attractions planner

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Quito
— 8 nights
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Machalilla National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Salinas
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cuenca
— 6 nights
Drive
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Guayaquil
— 7 nights
Fly
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 10 nights
Ferry
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Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 7 nights
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Floreana
— 1 night
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Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 7 nights
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Machachi
— 1 night
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Quilotoa
— 1 night
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— 5 nights
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Quito

— 8 nights

Light of America

High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Quito: Otavalo (Mercado 24 de Mayo & Otavalo Market), Termas de Papallacta (in Papallacta) and Cuicocha (in Cotacachi). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, don't miss a visit to El Panecillo, gain insight at La Ronda, and see the interesting displays at Intinan Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Quito trip itinerary builder site.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Quito. In August, daily temperatures in Quito can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to fly to Machalilla National Park.

Things to do in Quito

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Machalilla National Park

— 1 night
A trip to Machalilla National Park provides an opportunity to witness the wetlands and forest of Ecuador and its rich plant and animal life, threatened by poaching and deforestation.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): make a trip to Agua Blanca and then stroll through Playa de los Frailes.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Machalilla National Park trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Quito to Machalilla National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Quito in September, expect Machalilla National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Salinas.

Things to do in Machalilla National Park

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Salinas

— 3 nights
The coastal city of Salinas is the westernmost city on mainland Ecuador and a leading tourist destination.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Salinas: Playa Montanita (in Santa Elena) and Montanita (Monumento del Surfista & Montanita Spanish School - Day Classes). There's lots more to do: stroll through La Loberia, head outdoors with La Chocolatera, take a leisurely stroll along Malecón Salinas, and kick back and relax at Playa Las Salinas.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Salinas trip builder tool.

Getting from Machalilla National Park to Salinas by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Machalilla National Park, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Salinas, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to Cuenca.

Things to do in Salinas

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Cuenca

— 6 nights

Athens of Ecuador

Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
Cuenca is known for nature, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of El Cajas National Park, explore the activities along Rio Tomebamba, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mirador de Turi, and see the interesting displays at El Museo de Las Conceptas.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Cuenca using our trip planner.

You can drive from Salinas to Cuenca in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect colder evenings in Cuenca when traveling from Salinas in September, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Cuenca

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Guayaquil

— 7 nights

Pearl of the Pacific

Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Guayaquil is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Las Penas, head off the coast to Isla Santay, appreciate the extensive heritage of Guayaquil Historical Park, and appreciate the history behind Hemiciclo de la Rotonda.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Guayaquil journey planner.

Getting from Cuenca to Guayaquil by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cuenca in September: highs in Guayaquil hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal

— 10 nights
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Spend the 26th (Wed) exploring nature at Cerro Tijeretas. There's much more to do: browse the exhibits of Interpretation Center, step off the mainland to explore Isla Lobos, make a trip to Dona Pilo, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Mann.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Guayaquil to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno takes 4 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Guayaquil in September: highs in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 24°C. On the 3rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can ride a ferry to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Puerto Villamil, Isabela

— 7 nights
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Puerto Villamil is known for nature, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Las Tintoreras, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Centro de Crianza Tortugas Gigantes Arnaldo Tupiza Chamaidan, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Puerto Villamil, and explore the activities along Laguna de los Diablos.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Villamil holiday planner.

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Villamil in 6 hours. The time zone changes from Ecuador Time (ECT) to Galapagos Time (GALT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Floreana.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Floreana

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): make a trip to Post Office Bay. On your second day here, stroll through Cormorant Point, get to know the resident critters at Asilo de la Paz, then stroll through Playa Negra, and finally explore the striking landscape at Devil's Crown.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Floreana day trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Puerto Villamil to Floreana. The time zone difference moving from Galapagos Time to Ecuador Time is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Floreana

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Beaches

Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz

— 7 nights
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Puerto Ayora is known for parks, nature, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Charles Darwin Research Station, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna las Ninfas, enjoy the sand and surf at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, and make a trip to Dragon Hill (Cerro Dragon).

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Ayora online holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Floreana to Puerto Ayora. In October in Puerto Ayora, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Machachi.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Machachi

— 1 night
Machachi is the canton seat of Mejía Canton in the Pichincha province of Ecuador.Machachi is located to the south of the capital of Ecuador, Quito. On the 20th (Sat), contemplate the geological forces at Cotopaxi National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax in the rural setting at Bee Farm Shunku and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado Central.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Machachi tour itinerary builder site.

Explore your travel options from Puerto Ayora to Machachi with the Route module. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Puerto Ayora in October, with highs in Machachi at 26°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Quilotoa.

Things to do in Machachi

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

Quilotoa

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): take some stellar pictures from Shalala Lodge, then stroll through Sendero al Fondo del Crater, and then explore the activities along Laguna Quilotoa.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Quilotoa planner.

Traveling by car from Machachi to Quilotoa takes 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Banos.

Things to do in Quilotoa

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Banos

— 5 nights
A trip to Banos, a relatively small town in the picturesque Andean highlands, ensures plenty of chances for outdoor activities like horseback riding, hiking, climbing, canyoning, and mountain biking.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Banos: Riobamba (Iglesia de Balbanera & Pro Bici). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Cascada el Pailon (del Diablo), grab your bike and head to Ruta de las cascadas, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Mundo Verde, and take some stellar pictures from La Casa del Arbol.

Start your trip to Banos by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Getting from Quilotoa to Banos by car takes about 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Banos

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Ecuador travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
With abundant opportunities to discover fascinating World Heritage Sites, a holiday in Ecuador remains among the most culturally enriching travel experiences. Home to the world's highest active volcano, this little country packs a big punch when it comes to tourist activities. Some of the most popular things to do in Ecuador include visits to its astonishingly biodiverse wilderness areas, home to some 1,500 bird species, 840 species of amphibians and reptiles, and nearly 20,000 plant species. Of course, the highlight of many Ecuador vacations is bound to be the Galapagos Islands, made famous by naturalist Charles Darwin. Aside from the stunning nature, Ecuador also boasts many historic cities filled with photogenic colonial-era churches, mansions, and plazas.